It would be easy to believe that taco salads were invented by kids. They're just as yummy as traditional tacos, but everything is tossed in a crunchy "bowl" that you can eat.
- 4 flour tortillas (8-inch)
- Avocado, peeled, pitted, cut into pieces
- Sour cream
- Shredded cheddar cheese
- Romaine lettuce, torn into pieces
- Salt and freshly ground pepper
- Chopped fresh cilantro
- Juice of 1/2 lime
- Shredded carrots
- Frozen corn kernels, thawed
- Grape tomatoes, cut into halves
- Canned black beans, drained, rinsed
- 1/4 cup red-wine vinegar
- 1 cup olive oil
- 1 pound ground sirloin
- 3/4 teaspoon ground chili powder
- 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
- 2 tablespoons tomato paste
- 1 small onion, chopped
- Sliced scallions
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly brush tortillas with 4 tablespoons oil. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.
Press one of the tortillas into the ovenproof bowl. Bake 13 minutes; an adult should transfer shell to a rack to cool. Repeat with remaining tortillas.
Meanwhile, make beef filling: In a mixing bowl, combine beef with tomato paste, chili powder, cumin, and onion; season with salt and pepper. An adult should heat 2 tablespoons oil in a large skillet over medium heat, add beef mixture, and cook, breaking up meat with a spoon, 10 minutes. Transfer to a bowl; set aside.
Make dressing: In a jar, shake together vinegar, 1/2 cup oil, lime juice, and salt and pepper.
Using a box grater, shred cheese and carrots. An adult can prepare the other toppings, including corn: Heat 2 tablespoons oil in a medium skillet over medium high heat; add 10-ounce package frozen corn. Saute 3 minutes.
Divide beef filling among shells; add toppings and dressing.